Vulnerability Note VU#820957

Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 print template ActiveX control allows arbitrary command execution

Original Release date: 27 Sep 2002 | Last revised: 27 Sep 2002


The Internet Explorer 5.5 Print Template feature contains a vulnerability that allows a web page author to execute arbitrary code as the user viewing the web page.


Internet Explorer version 5.5 supports a feature called "print templates" which allows a web page author to specify a custom print format for the web page. Because the print templates are allowed to execute ActiveX controls, including those that are not marked "safe for scripting", a web page author can use a custom print template to execute arbitrary code as the user printing the web page.


A user printing a malicious web page may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code.


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VendorStatusDate NotifiedDate Updated
Microsoft CorporationAffected01 Dec 200016 May 2002
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Thanks to Warren R. Greer for discovering this vulnerability.

This document was written by Cory F. Cohen.

Other Information

  • CVE IDs: CVE-2001-0090
  • Date Public: 01 Dec 2000
  • Date First Published: 27 Sep 2002
  • Date Last Updated: 27 Sep 2002
  • Severity Metric: 10.76
  • Document Revision: 11


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